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Abuse & Safety

Increasingly, Texting for Emergencies

For those who are nonverbal, deaf or otherwise have difficulty communicating via traditional telephone calls, a new option to seek emergency help is on the way. Text 9-1-1 for Help

Strong, Safe and Free

Strong, Safe and Free

A Breaking Free curriculum for people who have developmental disabilities.

How to Help People with Developmental Disabilities Stay Safe from Sexual Assault

There are many behaviors and skills that family, friends, caregivers and service providers can encourage and foster in people with developmental disabilities to help them stay safe from abuse. Read this brochure for important information about sexual assault, how it relates specifically to people with developmental disabilities, and what you can do to help prevent it.

Disability & Abuse Project

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The Disability and Abuse Project focuses on physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities with the mission to identify ways to reduce the risk of abuse, to promote healing for victims, and to seek justice for those who have been victimized.

Oregon Resources for Emergency and Disaster Planning for Oregonians with Disabilities

Ready Now! Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for People with Disabilities

This tool kit from Oregon Health and Sciences University is a guide to help you prepare for an emergency. The tools and checklists in this handbook can be used as a step-by-step guide to making an emergency plan. Some of the resources included are specific to the Portland area, the rest of the tools are useful no matter where you are! Partners and Providers: Planning for Individuals with Disabilities or Special Needs

This webpage brings together disaster preparedness resources for people with disabilities in Oregon whether they are out in the community, at home, school, or work when a disaster happens in Oregon.

Emergency Planning & Disaster Preparedness Resources

National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness for Persons in the Workplace with Disabilities

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, NOD launched the Emergency Preparedness Initiative to help emergency managers address disability concerns during an emergency, and to ensure that people with disabilities are included in planning, response, and recovery. NOD offers a range of emergency preparedness materials and resources, including:

  • Partners in Preparedness Brochure
  • Interactive map of Disability and Emergency Preparedness Resources
  • Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers and Responders
  • Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities
  • Preparing Makes Sense Brochure Series
  • Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees Project

Ready Campaign People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs Section

Ready is a national campaign designed to educate and empower Americans including Americans with disabilities to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Personas con discapacidades y otras necesidades especiales.

American Red Cross- Prepare Today- Planning for Persons with Disabilities

This information is intended to make planning for an evacuation less stressful for persons with disabilities by addressing some of their particular concerns. It is also intended to familiarize caregivers or members of a support group with some of the challenges facing their friends, family, and coworkers with disabilities. This guidance is not limited to people with physical or cognitive conditions specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is meant to be helpful to people with even mild vision, hearing, or mobility impairments, to name just a few examples.

The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC)

The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC) was established by Executive Order 13347 to ensure that the federal government appropriately supports safety and security for individuals with disabilities in disaster situations.

The purpose of the Council is to:

  • Consider, in their emergency preparedness planning, the unique needs of agency employees with disabilities and individuals with disabilities whom the agency serves
  • Encourage, including through the provision of technical assistance, consideration of the unique needs of employees and individuals with disabilities served by state, local, and tribal governments, and private organizations and individuals in emergency preparedness planning; and
  • Facilitate cooperation among federal, state, local, and tribal governments and private organizations and individuals in the implementation of emergency preparedness plans as they relate to individuals with disabilities.

FEMA Reference Guide: Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities In The Provision Of Disaster Mass Care, Housing, And Human Services.

The Reference Guide was originally developed in response to the requirement of H.R. 5441 (PL 109-295), Section 689: Individuals with Disabilities, to develop disability related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities in emergency preparedness and disaster relief. This Guide is not intended to satisfy all of the guidance requirements contained in Section 689.

TRUE Shelter Accessibility

TRUE stands for Training, Response, Understanding and Empowerment. As it unfolds and grows, our TRUE program will help emergency management departments to provide better accessibility and services in temporary disaster shelters. It is our hope that we can become a touchstone not just for those we serve, but for those who provide disaster relief to their communities.

We respond to events as they unfold. When the earthquake struck Haiti we contacted folks that we have dealt with in the past in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. We were able to deliver some of the first shipments of durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and vital medical supplies) into the country via the backcountry, across the Dominican border, using resources provided by people that wanted to make a difference as quickly as they could.

CDC Disaster Preparedness Training
Learn Nickole’s Story- a Portland, OR women living with spinal muscular atrophy who was stuck in her home for eight days during the winter storm of 2008 and find training and resources Nickole’s story doesn’t happen to you or someone you know living with a disability.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
Find information on how to prepare for Disasters and Emergencies whether you are a person with a disability, a senior citizen, have a chronic medical condition and more.

Autism Risk and Safety Management

Autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers, and the autism community. Site offers a number of free downloads and handouts to improve the safety of individuals with autism including Autism Emergency Contact Form (PDF).